Last we heard on the “Star Wars Episode 7” front, Michael Arndt was writing the script, and had been writing it for some time, even before J.J. Abrams was officially announced as the franchise’s new director. That, well, was then. It now appears as if Arndt has been jettisoned out of the airlock, with Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams taking over.
The news comes via press release posted over at StarWars.com, announcing that the duo have “assumed screenwriting duties for the film”. It goes on to read:
“I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script,” states Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production.”
I guess Abrams wasn’t entirely satisfied with Arndt’s script. It makes me wonder if this means Abrams will be sticking around for the long haul. As you’ll recall, he’s a massive fan of the series, and this has always been his dream project. You got the sense that he was using the “Star Trek” reboot as his version of “Star Wars”.
Shooting on “Star Wars Episode 7” is expected to commence in the Spring of 2014 at Pinewood Studios, for an expected 2015 release.
Wow. 2015. “The Avengers 2”. “Star Wars Episode 7”. And “Batman vs. Superman”. Think about that, kids.
I think I’ve died and gone to fanboy Heaven.